A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

A Child Called It

By Dave Pelzer

  • Release Date: 2010-06-24
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 106 Ratings
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A harrowing, yet inspiring true story of a young boy's abusive childhood, from internationally bestselling author Dave Pelzer.

Dave Pelzer was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother - a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games. She no longer considered Dave a son, but a slave; no longer a boy, but an 'it'.

His bed was an old army cot in the basement, his clothes were torn and unwashed, and when he was allowed the luxury of food it was scraps from the dog's bowl. The outside world knew nothing of the nightmare played out behind closed doors. But throughout Dave kept alive dreams of finding a family to love him. This book covers the early years of his life and is an affecting and inspirational book of the horrors of child abuse and the steadfast determination of one child to survive.


  • Heartbreaking must-read

    By sparkfading
    Very moving, it's horrible to read but such an important story to share.
  • Great Read

    By Lilz87
    Wow well written had me captivated through each page
  • ..

    By Chief-Wickham
    It's hard to say "what a great read" when it's a terrible thing to have happened. I've read all of David's books and I'm happy and in a sense proud of how he's moved on and moving on everyday.
  • A Child Called 'It'

    By SarahAnne2107
    I absolutely loved reading this book. It really made me think bout how many cases of child abuse there really are. If I ever met David Pelzter, I would probably hug him and thank him for writing this book. It really opens your eyes
  • Awesome

    By smile47
    Could not put it down.most powerful and sad book I have read
  • Wow!

    By Tilley-rose
    The things this boy goes through should not have to happen to anyone! It is a sad book that gives you goosebumps, makes you sad, happy and very teary! It is one of the best books I've read in a long time! I couldn't put it down, I just had to know what was gonna happen next. Highly recommended for people over 15
  • Heart twisting

    By Lampcreations
    How can you say on the one hand, it's great and on the other it is so horrid! Dave, right now I want to hold you and say "I love you." It was extremely difficult reading your story of emotional and physical abuse. I know that God preserved you for His purposes. I pray that your story will end up freeing more children. I just wish that little ones knew that they could honestly talk about what's going on and that they would be believed and rescued from whatever it is. I pray that you and your family will be blessed richly all the days of your life. Sincerely, Annette
  • Great read

    By Courtney2389
    This was an excellent read very emotional. Enjoyed very much now reading the second book.
  • Inspiring story

    By everythingapplelover
    A book that triggers empathy from its readers through the sad experiences of the author. The abuse and the vulnerability of the child creates an abysmal image that is forever glued to my mind. A great book that touches the core of the readers and enables the author to share and tell 'his' journey.